First look: 2012 Topps Supreme Football

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By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

Topps will close out the 2012 calendar year with one of its high-end football products.

Topps Supreme, which is scheduled to be released the last week in December, will have only low-numbered hits. Each pack contains two base cards, a red parallel and one low-numbered autograph, autograph relic or relic card in every pack.

Cards aren’t the only things collectors can get out of Topps Supreme. There will be randomly inserted cards collectors can redeem for up to 15 player-signed jerseys.

First, however, the base cards. There are 100 base cards in 2012 Topps Supreme that came in six parallels: Blue (numbered to 99), Violet (/75), Sepia (/40), Green (/15), Red (1/1) and Printing Plates (1/1).

The autograph relic cards checklist will have up to 40 subjects with a mixture of rookies, veterans and retired players. Of course, these cards will also come with parallels: Blue (numbered to 25), Violet Patch (/5) and Red Patch (1/1).

But single autographs are no fun. Topps has included autographed dual relic cards, quad relic cards and autographed jumbo patch relic cards. These will have Violet Patch (/5) and Red Patch (1/1) parallels.

One of the highlights of the autograph will be the Hall of Fame Cut Signatures. There will be up to 25 subjects and all cards are naturally 1 of 1.

This year’s products are taking advantage of the strong rookie class. There will be up to 35 different Autographed Rookies Cards with the likes of Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III and Trent Richardson making appearances. These cards come with five parallels: Blue (/50), Violet (/25), Green (/15), Red (1/1) and Printing Plates (1/1).

Book cards will be a selling point in Supreme. There are different types of book cards including Autograph QB Playbook that will have a quarterback’s autograph alongside his favorite play, which will be hand-drawn and in silver ink.

There will also be Nickname Autograph Book Cards with a player’s nickname signed in silver ink on a black background. In addition, other books cards will feature autographed double jumbo relics and six-piece relic books with just one Red Patch parallel (1/1).

If one autograph on a card isn’t enough, there are several variations of multiple autograph cards.
・ Dual Autographs: Up to 45 rookies, veterans and retired players
・ Dual Autograph Relic Cards (numbered to 5)
・ Dual Autograph Patch Cards (1/1)
・ Triple Autographs (numbered to 10)
・ Quad Autograph Cards (numbered to 5)
・ Six Autograph Double-Sided Cards (numbered to 5)
・ Eight Autograph Book Cards (numbered to 5)
・ Supreme Rookie Dual Autograph Die-Cut Relic Book Cards (numbered to 5)

But this product isn’t only about the rookies. Veterans and retired players also get the autograph treatment such as Joe Montana. These autographs will include base autographs, Blue Parallel (/25), Green (/10), Red (1/1) and Printing Plates (1/1).

Relic cards will go mostly to the rookies. Rookies Quad Relic Cards will have to 40 subjects on the checklist, Rookie Quad Combo Relic Cards will have up to 45 subjects with Blue (/10), Violet Patch (/5) and Red Patch (1/1) parallels.

Supreme Rookie Die-Cut Relic Cards will offer jumbo-sized relic swatches in Violet Patch (/5) and Red Patch (1/1) parallels. There are also Jumbo Supreme Relic Cards featuring multi-colored patches (/5).

Other relic cards include:
・ Letter Patch Cards featuring rookies, veterans and retired players (1/1)
・ Primary Pieces Relic Cards (1/1)
・ Six-Piece Double-Sided Relic Cards with Red Patch parallel (1/1)
・ Eight-Piece Relic Book Cards with Red Patch parallel (1/1)
・ Veteran Quad Relic Cards with Red Patch parallel (1/1)

Topps is showing what a case of this will get collectors: four autograph relics, four autograph Rookie Cards, one multi-autograph card, one single autograph card, one additional autograph and five relic cards.

Susan Lulgjuraj is the editor of Beckett Football magazine. You can email Susan here with ideas, comments and questions. Follow her on Twitter here.


  1. Posted August 31, 2012 at 2:27 pm | Permalink

    Looks amazing really excited for it

  2. ddizzal
    Posted August 31, 2012 at 2:48 pm | Permalink

    are these going to chip like they did last year???? Inception has for two years running

  3. Posted August 31, 2012 at 9:58 pm | Permalink

    Where are all the Egnew, Broyles, Graham, Hilliman, Turbin and Joe Adams Autos? That is what Topps is loading up their product with this year. Just see Inception and Finest!

  4. Les Little
    Posted September 2, 2012 at 6:18 am | Permalink

    Is there a chance that I might be able to get a list of retailers carrying these items in zip code 23063?

  5. kevin
    Posted September 2, 2012 at 4:16 pm | Permalink

    I bought 3 boxes of inception this year and the best any of the cards would garde might be an 8.5. The corners are all terrible.

  6. Kevin
    Posted September 2, 2012 at 5:46 pm | Permalink

    Too much gold.

    I like the Montana auto, very nice

  7. Douglas Brown
    Posted September 2, 2012 at 11:59 pm | Permalink

    The cards look nice and I’m a fan of short print cards,(ie: #”d out of 1325 or so) but 1 of 1’s? I think they are a waste of time. Even runs of 50 are crazy to me. I miss the old days of Topps making tons of cards and packs being affordable and being excited to pull a sought after rookie from Sp Authentic and not worrying about 1000 other inserts that most people don’t care about by the next year. There are too many brands and way too many inserts and auto’s. It’s taken away the fun of actually getting an autograph from a player. I love collecting and have collected for over 30 years, but have completely stopped buying packs since 2002 because of the impossible odds of pulling a card I really want to get. I find it much more economical to buy a card from a dealer or an auction. Sorry for sounding negative. The cards are beautiful looking these days, but I miss the simplicity of a 1980 Topps Rickey Henderson, or a 1989 Score Barry Sanders.

  8. Bones
    Posted October 18, 2012 at 11:21 am | Permalink

    I’m positive supreme doesn’t chip like inception. I understand where you are coming from Douglas but I feel I am more of a collector than an investor. I still love completing sets and getting tons of base cards but nothing is quite like these 1/1 #’d/xxx jersey, auto, dual autos, triple autos, printing plates etc…
    I still am trying to get that 89 Barry sanders score, got topps and pro set and got all 3 for Deion sanders, but that Barry is still in my sights, so I understand your point but I think most important is research. Know what’s in each pack/box, know what you can expect. I like going to a card shop and working on one box at a time, few packs at a time, so I know I will get the hits. I am very excited for supreme because I believe it will be one of the few that still has autographed Lettermen, I need to get a Lettermen. Topps prime is very good too, if you don’t want to spend tons but get some great hits. But yeah before only 3 Barry sanders rookie cards, how many cam newton rookie cards are there?

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